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Anambra COVID-19 testing centres set for operation – Obiano

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, gave the assurance in a special broadcast to the people of the state yesterday.

According to the governor, the state’s efforts at containing the spread of the pandemic through prompt testing and tracing will be greatly complemented by the two centres when fully operational.

“We have commenced aggressive case search in the 179 communities of Anambra State. This will help us ramp up the numbers in terms of testing and ensure immediate containment of any possible outbreak. We are also hopeful that when our laboratories become fully operational, we shall be able to conduct more tests. We are making gradual progress in our efforts to bring Covid-19 testing closer to our people. We have received assurances that the two laboratories that had been earmarked for approval shall be approved to operate fully as Covid-19 Testing Centers from next week. God has been on our side. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, we have had only two positive cases in Anambra State. We have made adequate arrangements for the containment of the pandemic. There is therefore no need for panic. I urge you to go about your business lawfully and in strict compliance to the protocols of Covid-19,” the governor stated in the broadcast.

 Gov. Obiano also stated that total restriction of vehicular and human traffic into Anambra State from 8pm to 6pm has been ordered.

 According to him, the restriction was ordered following security reports on unusual influx of people into Anambra State from some parts of Nigeria. But he assured that the security agencies are monitoring the developments round the clock.

“The nationwide curfew must be strictly observed in Anambra State. From now on, there will be no vehicular and human traffic into Anambra State from 8pm to 6am. This includes essential goods and services. Every movement into Anambra State must wait until the next morning. We are aware of the mass movement of young people in groups from most of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. As the Chief Security Officer of Anambra State, I have a responsibility to protect my people from avoidable threats to public health. Consequently, we have directed the security agencies to ensure that movement into Anambra State by individuals and groups shall no longer be allowed. We are determined to enforce the federal order restricting movement between states across the country,” he promised.

The governor also confirmed that the fresh confirmed COVID-19 patient in Anambra State is a business man who came back from Kano. But Gov. Obiano assured ndi Anambra of no danger, stating that the patient is currently receiving treatment at a Protective Centre. He regretted that the new case was able to sneak back after a trip to Kano, despite our efforts to tighten security at the boundaries.

“As you would have heard from the media, our beloved state recorded a new case of Covid-19 yesterday. The new case returned from Kano on the 6th of May after a short business trip. It is saddening that despite our efforts to tighten security at the boundaries, this new case was able to sneak back into Anambra State after a trip to Kano. He is currently receiving attention in one of our Protective Care Centers. His residence has been sealed off and we have commenced aggressive contact tracing to minimize the wave of community spread that might arise from this case. Ndi Anambra, I urge you to be calm as Covid-19 Task Force is on top of the situation to ensure that this threat is quickly contained,” the governor continued.

He disclosed that contact tracing, tests and further search for potential COVID-19 patients are still ongoing with further directive that movement of people in groups within the state will no longer be allowed.

Commending ndi Anambra who have donated to the state’s COVID-19 Fund, the governor also used the broadcast to promise that a special training for professionals who would work in the laboratories was ongoing in readiness for the inauguration of the laboratories.

He charged the people to continue observing preventive measures already inculcated.

“If we take full responsibility and conduct ourselves according to the guidelines prescribed by the WHO and NCDC on Covid-19, we shall win this war. These include regular washing of hands, the wearing of face-masks when stepping out, regular use of hand sanitisers and adherence to the principles of social distancing. I am sure that once we keep to these principles it shall be well with Anambra State,” he said.

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